Archive for December, 2007

Here we go again. “The holidays…” We’ve been down this road before, haven’t we?

Maybe, just maybe, this time. we could dance rather than run. How about it? Interested?

OK, then let’s consider what a dancer must do:

  • They must know the steps of the dance, in advance, at least to some degree. Pure improvisation is only for the very skilled!
  • They must not lose their balance. This requires that they have a decent sense of where they are, at all times. Self-awareness will keep them on their feet.
  • They need to be able to feel the natural rhythm of the music to which they are dancing.
  • They need to be able to navigate on the dance floor, in the midst of other dancers, possibly some musicians, and the architecture and furniture of the room in which they are dancing.

So, translating that, I come up with this:

  • A little planning for the days ahead seems wise. We should sketch out the steps. We would do well to do only a little that is unfamiliar, else we’ll probably not have much fun, and won’t do all that well. This isn’t a rehearsal, but rather a performance.
  • In the midst of all the rush, we need not to lose ourselves. So, do a little “check-in”: Are we feeling sufficiently in-balance? Reasonably optimistic? Reasonably rested? (They’re often related.)
  • We need to stay in touch with the larger things around us – the people we live with, the people we care about, priorities we have which are larger than the concerns of the season. It’s about awareness and balance and grace.
  • Life is often about adequate management of details, as a team. Consider making a few lists, and checking in frequently with people you’re “traveling” with. See any obstacles coming at you? Are you making best use of your potential for adaptive response to challenge, and of the people who can help you with this adaptive response?

All in all, it should be fun – and hopefully also entertaining, thought provoking, nourishing, and gratifying. But start with the fun. Lots of people don’t even get that far.

Plan with humility. Talk with others. Sleep. Eat sustaining food. Exercise. Relax with awareness. Avoid over-reaching. Be grateful for what you already have.

Enjoy the dance.

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